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2017/09/13 12:11

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The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.


Main opposition panel recommends departure of corruption-tainted ex-president

SEOUL -- The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP)'s reform panel recommended Wednesday that the party ask corruption-tainted former President Park Geun-hye and two of her close allies to leave it as part of its personnel revamp drive aimed at regaining public support.

The panel made the decision after weeks of intense debate that laid bare a deep fissure between the reformists and those still sympathetic to Park who is currently on trial for a massive corruption scandal that led to her ouster in March.


N. Korea rejects new U.N. sanctions, vows to bolster nuke force

SEOUL -- North Korea on Wednesday condemned new sanctions approved by the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) following its sixth nuclear test, vowing to strengthen its nuclear program at a faster pace.

North Korea's foreign ministry said that it "categorically" rejected the U.N. sanctions, which it says are aimed at "completely suffocating its state and people through a full-scale economic blockade."



S. Korea to hold meeting to discuss implementation plans for UNSC sanctions

SEOUL -- South Korean officials will hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss plans to implement new U.N. sanctions on North Korea, a government source said.

The meeting will involve senior officials from the foreign, unification, justice and finance ministries and will be presided over by Choi Jong-moon, deputy foreign minister for multilateral and global affairs, according to the official.


LG Electronics to receive preorders for V30 smartphone this week

SEOUL -- LG Electronics Co. said Wednesday that it plans to start accepting preorders for its new flagship smartphone, the V30, ahead of the official release slated for later this month.

Customers who make preorders through the country's mobile phone operators from Thursday to next Wednesday will get the new smartphone starting Sept. 21, the consumer electronics giant said.


S. Korea's jobless rate remains steady at 3.6 pct in Aug.

SEJONG -- South Korea's jobless rate stayed unchanged in August, but the number of newly employed people dropped to a 4 1/2-year low amid weak signs of economic recovery, government data showed Wednesday.

The unemployment rate stood at 3.6 percent last month, staying flat from the same month last year, according to the report compiled by Statistics Korea. From a month earlier, it gained 0.1 percentage point.


Trump downplays new U.N. sanctions on N. Korea

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump played down the new United Nations sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday, saying they are "just another very small step" and "not a big deal."

   The Trump administration pushed for a complete oil embargo and an asset freeze for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after the regime conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3.


BTS' 'Fire' music video tops 200 mln YouTube views

SEOUL -- K-pop band BTS' music video for "Fire" surpassed 200 million views on YouTube, its agency said Wednesday.

Released on May 1, 2016, the video reached the milestone at around 1 a.m., becoming its fifth video to hit the mark according to Big Hit Entertainment.


(Yonhap Feature) Ethnic Koreans in Russia, Central Asia learn language, culture in ancestral land

SEOUL -- On a hot, humid summer day in late August, some 30 Korean-looking people of different ages gathered in an auditorium in Ewha Womans University in Seoul. All were actively involved in the class, busy taking notes and asking questions.

It appeared to be a typical community class in Korea until the break time when they were allowed to speak in their native tongues -- the Russian and Central Asian languages.